I am trying to record a lecture using Photo Booth on my Macbook but I want to be able to record what the professor has on the board. Unfortunately, photobooth seems to have a mirror image, so that all the writing is reversed. How do I get the camera to be a normal non-mirror camera?


In the menu bar click Edit, then "Auto Flip New Items". After you do that, the photos and videos you take will capture what the camera sees, and not reverse it.

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    Does this affect the on-screen live preview? It didn't for me... it's still reversed. – LarsH Sep 24 '15 at 19:48
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    @LarsH Weirdly, auto-flipping videos doesn't seem to work for me in Yosemite. It still works for photos - the preview is mirrored, but the resulting image is flipped back. – Kyle Cronin Sep 24 '15 at 21:29
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    Unfortunately, this works only for photos. – Ivan Yurchenko Oct 15 '16 at 20:37
  • Answer by Billy Sticker is great workaround (not using Photo Booth). – cellepo Nov 16 '18 at 21:51

Record using QuickTime.

File > New Movie Recording

I was having same problem and rather than change PhotoBooth to flip all images, I use one app to record people making fun faces and another for lectures.

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  • Thanks! Note you don't have to record in QuickTime, just choose 'New Movie Recording' from the File menu and it will preview the camera without recording. – John Jul 11 at 16:44

I had exactly this problem for a presentation, so wrote a app called QCamera which supports both mirrored and normal capture. You can download it for free from the Mac App Store.


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    Thank you for this. I had a presentation to give tonight in which I was showing a live (not recorded) webcam feed on a big external monitor. I couldn't do it in PhotoBooth without it being reversed. I downloaded QCamera and it worked like a charm. – LarsH Sep 25 '15 at 2:11
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    You should have said, "I wrote this app just to answer this question" – redolent Aug 1 '18 at 0:51
  • Thank you! I spent an hour trying to get VLC to do this without lagging and stuttering - this worked right away. – Fred Hamilton Sep 30 '19 at 18:56
  • Alas, it doesn't seem to work well with other applications. E.g. It won't fix the problem in Skype. – Sherwood Botsford Jan 18 at 23:47

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